DIRTcar Nationals turns 50

Let’s face it, what everybody really wants for Christmas is a pair of shots from Pfizer or Moderna. Here’s why: For a lot of people, Daytona Speedweeks is about what happens on short tracks around central Florida more than anything that occurs at the big track on International Speedway Boulevard. For those folks, the real zenith is the DIRTcar Nationals on the gorgeously prepared half-mile dirt surface of Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, a speedway that boasts the best sight lines of any short track in recent memory, thanks to the ex-Daytona backstretch stands that ring the track. The Nationals hit the half-century mark in February, scheduling an extravaganza in the dense Florida woods that runs from February 2nd through 7th.

As this Trent Gower photo from the World Racing Group makes clear, Volusia in February is always all about the best on dirt. The week of action brings in the World of Outlaws Sprint cars, World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series big-block Modifieds, along with support divisions. Between the absolutely perfect visibility from the seats and the groomed, nearly dust-free racing surface, the Nationals are paradise, and are gradually morphing into a major national gathering of top-level dirt racing that can rival the Knoxville Nationals, the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway or the Williams Grove National Open. If you’re into dirt-track combat and it’s February, you’re flat-out here. It’s that simple. Make your plans, and follow this link to learn about the whole program and get your tickets.

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